Lady Mustang Basketball Coach Dave Mason led his team to a solid start of the 2019-2020 season on Nov. 25 as the girls beat New London 47-38.

Hannah Schooley led the effort with 14 points, seven steals and four assists. Davis County was also led by Sophie Spargur and Morgan Petefish who pulled down 12 rebounds and 10 rebounds respectively.

Those three girls led Davis County who jumped out to a solid performance and a quick start against New London in non-conference action. Davis County attacked the New London defense early and scored several points by driving into the lane. The girls also hit some nice shots from the perimeter to help keep New London’s defense guessing as to where they needed to concentrate their efforts.

Petefish led the attack against the New London defense by working to establish herself as a force in the lane early. She went after a score and was fouled on the way to the basket. Her efforts resulted in a three-point play and a 5-0 lead.

Davis County established control of the game in the first quarter by dominating both ends of the court. Rebounding was strong from Davis County as Spargur and Petefish caused problems in the lane for New London and kept them from getting needed offensive rebounds.

Schooley also showed her leadership early. The senior point guard hit a three-pointer and then showed she wasn’t afraid to drive the lane and challenge the taller players. Schooley herself led Davis County on a 9-0 scoring run pushing the lead to 14-4.

New London managed to get its offense on track early in the second quarter shots began to fall and both Davis County and New London traded scoring runs. Petefish and Schooley both had the hot hand in the later stages of the quarter leading Davis County to a 10-point lead. Schooley finished off the first half with a three-pointer and another shot to give Davis County a 12-point cushion going into the second half.

Davis County came out with a strong start to the second half pushing its lead to 16 points. Scoring from Sophie Spargur, Phoebe Moore and Briley Lough helped Davis County maintain that lead. Brett Lough and Sophia Young also hit shots in the closing minute of the third quarter as Davis County jumped out to a 40-25 lead.

The offensive production was a welcome sight from the Lady Mustangs as they put together an impressive showing in their first game. Scoring 40 points in the first three quarters isn’t something the girls have done consistently throughout the past several years, but will have to do if they want to be successful and win big games moving forward.

The Lady Mustang shooting struggled a bit in the final eight minutes of play. New London found ways to score and cut into the Davis County lead. Layney Loyd scored eight points in the final frame and tried to bring New London back.

Loyd was New London’s top threat and biggest problem for Davis County in this game. She finished the night with 22 points and battled Spargur and Petefish for rebounds in the paint. Despite her efforts, Davis County was able to hold off the New London fourth-quarter rally and secure the 47-38 victory.

“For the first game, we did some really good things. Our defense was really good. Our wings did a great job of getting in passing lanes and getting tips and steals. Our transition game was really good too,” said Mason. “What impressed us coaches the most was our rebounding. We attacked the glass on both ends and ended up out-rebounding them. That has been an emphasis during practices.

“Other than missing a lot of shots, we were happy with how many shots we attempted. We quit playing with the same aggression in the fourth quarter that we played with during the first three quarters. New London found our weakness, which is size, and they really went after us in the area of shot blocking. That will be something we must clean up in practice. Overall, I’m proud of the girls’ effort and it’s great to be 1-0,” said Mason.

 Score by quarters

NL      4    13    23    38

DC    14    25    38    47

Scoring—Schooley, 14; Petefish, 8; Briley Lough, 6; Sophie Spargur, 6; Sophia Young, 4; Macy Hill, 3; Brett Lough, 2; Phoebe Moore, 2 and Brett Barker, 2.

Rebounds—Spargur, 12; Petefish, 10; Hill, 7; Schooley, 4; Briley Lough, 4; Moore, 3; Young, 1; Barker, 1; Brett Lough, 1.

Assists—Schooley, 4; Spargur, 4; Young, 3; Hill, 1; Brett Lough, 1; and Moore, 1.

Steals—Schooley, 7; Moore, 3; Briley Lough,1; Young,1; Spargur, 1; Hill, 1; and Petefish, 1.